45 rev­enue agents to be trained in tax col­lec­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

As the Gov­ern­ment ramps up its rev­enue-col­lec­tion pro­gramme, 45 ad­di­tional agents have com­menced train­ing in tax au­dit and rev­enue ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The post­grad­u­ate di­ploma pro­gramme is be­ing of­fered by the Man­age­ment In­sti­tute for Na­tional De­vel­op­ment (MIND). Twenty-five of­fi­cers from Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion Ja­maica and 20 from the Ja­maica Cus­toms Agency, rep­re­sent­ing the 29th and 30th co­horts, re­spec­tively, will par­tic­i­pate in the 13-month-long course.

To date, 606 rev­enue agents have been trained un­der the pro­gramme, which aims to equip the par­tic­i­pants with the req­ui­site knowl­edge, skills and at­ti­tude to ap­ply the tax laws, while pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and as­sist­ing tax­pay­ers to un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits of com­pli­ance.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony for the course, held last Fri­day at MIND’s Old Hope Road cam­pus, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the en­tity, Dr Ruby Brown, en­cour­aged the par­tic­i­pants to max­imise the op­por­tu­ni­ties that the train­ing presents.

Fi­nan­cial sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Fi­nance and the Pub­lic Ser­vice, Everton McFar­lane, im­plored the par­tic­i­pants, as they carry out their work as rev­enue agents, to take pride in their du­ties and al­ways re­mem­ber that they are serv­ing the peo­ple of Ja­maica.

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